Dassault Falcon Jet’s recent appointments of John Rahilly and Todd McGahey mark the latest efforts by the manufacturer to market the customer-support offerings at its two company-owned service centers in Little Rock, Ark., and Wilmington, Del.
Maintenance and Modifications
News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.
Owners of some 360 U.S.-registered Mitsubishi MU-2Bs won’t be required to install newly designed flap torque-tube joints, as proposed last September. Operators have been required to perform repetitive inspections of the joints under an AD issued in 1988, and the FAA found that there have been no service difficulty reports indicating cracks in joints for current design parts since that directive.
For the third year in a row, Duncan Aviation was named one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America.” The Lincoln, Neb. services company was the only general aviation firm to make the list. Ranked at number 25, Duncan was selected by the magazine based on random employee surveys regarding workplace culture, career opportunities, training and education benefits, worker appreciation and compensation.
While Orenda Recip is having success obtaining STCs for its 600-hp V8 turbocharged engine in agricultural and utility aircraft, the same cannot be said for its troubled King Air retrofit program. That program’s STC is now not expected for another 12 months, a delay of one year from the previously rescheduled target date.
Boeing 737s, including the derivative BBJ, have been hit by another emergency AD affecting the twinjet’s fuel pumps. The latest directive (AD 2002-24-51) results from overheating pumps and requires affected aircraft to continue to carry the same minimum fuel quantities as required by the September 30 emergency AD dealing with chafed pump wiring.
Two more facilities in Europe have been designated by Bombardier as approved service centers. Berlin-based Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) recently started providing factory service for Learjet 60s and Challengers from the Jet Connection Business Flight hangar at Rhein-Main Airport in Frankfurt, Germany. Challenger operators may now also choose to take their aircraft to Metro Business Aviation at London Stansted Airport.
Raytheon Aircraft completed preliminary flight tests last month toward reducing the Premier I balanced field length by up to 300 ft. Final flight testing is planned for the second quarter, with completion scheduled for summer. Separately, the data from four individual aircraft that have received RVSM approval is being used to obtain group approval, scheduled to be introduced in production aircraft with Premier No.
Wilson Air Center at Memphis International Airport (MEM), Tenn., has signed an agreement with The Hangar to provide maintenance on site. The Hangar is now operating a satellite base from a 16,000-sq-ft building on the Wilson leasehold. With a larger shop at Batesville, Miss., The Hangar is an FAR Part 145-certified repair station with class III airframe and limited engine ratings.
While pledging to retain its North American headquarters in Grand Prairie, Texas, French engine maker Turbomeca has announced plans to open a new service, support and maintenance center in Mirabel, Canada, just a few scant miles from Bell Helicopter’s major civil manufacturing center in the same town. The new center will support the needs of the roughly 300 Turbomeca-made powerplants in service throughout Canada.
SilverHawk Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., parlayed its charter operations into a successful FBO and maintenance business, according to general manager Dan Hinnah.